We are currently reviewing claims of mothers who had taken Wellbutrin during early pregnancy and later their infant children suffered heart defect side effects. You need a Wellbutrin lawyer to help you if your child suffered these side effects. We are reviewing Wellbutrin side effect claims from coast to coast.
The specific heart defect is called a Left Outflow Heart Defect. One of the primary causes of this heart defect is Wellbutrin use during pregnancy. Unfortunately, Wellbutrin can interfere with the growth of the fetus in such a way which could lead to a Left Outflow Heart Defect.
If you or a loved one has experienced side effects from the use of Wellbutrin or if you have taken Wellbutrin while pregnant and your child has suffered from a birth defect.
Wellbutrin is used to treat major depressive disorder and seasonal affective disorder. At least one brand of bupropion (Zyban) is used to help people stop smoking by reducing cravings and other withdrawal effects.
Wellbutrin/Bupropion is an antidepressant used to treat a variety of conditions, including depression, other mental/mood disorders, and smoking cessation. Antidepressants can help prevent suicidal thoughts/attempts and provide other important benefits. However, studies have shown that a small number of people who take antidepressants for any condition may experience new or worsening depression, other mental/mood symptoms, or suicidal thoughts/attempts. Therefore, it is very important to talk with the doctor about the risks and benefits of antidepressant medication, even if treatment is not for a mental/mood condition.
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An article published in the July 2010 issue of American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology suggests an increased risk of congenital heart defects when infants are exposed to Wellbutrin during early pregnancy. Specifically, an association was found between the use of Wellbutrin during the first trimester and left outflow tract defect, which can restrict blood flow to the infant’s body from the left chambers of the heart. Infants born with left outflow tract defect often require surgery to correct the problem.
paxil birth defects heart Left outflow heart defects include coarction of the aorta, hypoplastic left heart syndrome, pulmonary stenosis, aortic stenosis, teralogy of fallot ventricular septal defects and atrial septal defects.
The study involved data from 12,700 children born in the US between 1997 and 2004. Researchers found that infants exposed to bupropion during the first trimester were more than two times as likely to have a congenital heart problem. At the time, researchers recommended further studies be conducted.
Wellbutrin is classed as Pregnancy Category C, meaning there are studies conducted in animals that demonstrate a potential risk to the fetus, but there are currently not enough human studies.
Tell the doctor immediately if you notice new or worsening depression/other psychiatric conditions, unusual behavior changes (including possible suicidal thoughts/attempts), or other mental/mood changes (including new/worsening anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, irritability, hostile/angry feelings, impulsive actions, severe restlessness, very rapid speech). Be especially watchful for these symptoms when a new antidepressant is started or when the dose is changed. If you are using bupropion to quit smoking, stop taking bupropion and contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the symptoms listed above or if you have any of these symptoms after stopping treatment
Do not take Wellbutrin if you have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) such as furazolidone (Furoxone), isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam, Zelapar), or tranylcypromine (Parnate) in the last 14 days. You should not take Wellbutrin if you have seizures, an eating disorder, if you are using a second form of bupropion, or if you have suddenly stopped using alcohol or sedatives.
Wellbutrin may cause seizures, especially in people with certain medical conditions or when using certain drugs. Tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions and the drugs you use.
You may have thoughts about suicide when you first start taking an antidepressant such as Wellbutrin, especially if you are younger than 24 years old. Your doctor will need to check you at regular visits for at least the first 12 weeks of treatment.
Report any new or worsening symptoms to your doctor, such as: mood or behavior changes, anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, or if you feel impulsive, irritable, agitated, hostile, aggressive, restless, hyperactive (mentally or physically), more depressed, or have thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself. Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Wellbutrin. It may increase your risk of seizures.